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Christmas Presents

Here is a list of Do’s and Don’t for what to get your pet this Christmas. 


  1. Fleas- these pests can come into your home on your Christmas tree or hitch a ride on your pant leg. Don’t think the cold weather means you don’t need to worry about these critters and don’t forget your flea treatment.
  2. Ticks- like fleas, don’t think the cold means these pests are gone. Ticks can thrive in temperatures as cold as 4 degrees Celsius and would love a meal from your warm pet. Cold weather seasons are also when the black-legged tick is in its larval stage, so at this point, you are unlikely to see the juvenile tick on your pet, but it can still transmit harmful diseases like Lyme.
  3. Pancreatitis- we may love all the food that comes with the holiday season but overindulging can be harmful to your pet, be cautious with sharing the Christmas turkey.
  4. Rawhide- this popular chew can cause intestinal obstruction in dogs when swallowed whole. It is often also processed with harmful chemicals which may cause GI upset in our furry friends.


  1. Puzzle Feeders and Food Dispensing Toys- Most of these are found in the canine section of your pet store but can be used for both cats and dogs (there are some cat specific feeders you can purchase as well). Making meal time game time is a great way to keep your pet busy and entertained- especially when it’s too cold to go outside for long play sessions
  2. Paw wax or boots- if Fido has sensitive feet and doesn’t like the cold cement or salt on the sidewalks then a bottle of paw wax will help protect his feet from the elements on long winter walks
  3. Raised food and water dishes- If your canine pal is starting to go grey and slowing down, then a new set of raised dishes will make mealtime easier for your senior friend.
  4. Low fat treats- Single ingredient treats like freeze-dried liver or chicken breast (carried by your local veterinarian 4 Paws!) make a healthy and delicious treat, without the risk of pancreatitis that comes with sharing your holiday meal. If your pet has food allergies we also carry kangaroo jerky-so there is something for everyone, and the best part is, all of these treats are good for cats or dogs
  5. New toys- whether your dog likes to chew on rope toys or your cat loves to chase catnip mice (also available at 4 Paws this month to raise money for our Gallagher fund) there is a toy for every pet out there. Find out what they like and get them something new! Just remember always to watch your pet when they are playing to make sure they don’t swallow any small pieces.

Written by: Dr. Stephanie Hayward, Veterinarian

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What You Should Know About Onion and Garlic Toxicities in Pets

Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets.  It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online.  They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital